Playing a greater role in your health and health coverage begins with a simple code
Here’s an important tip before you even pick up that first magazine in the waiting room.
When you check in with the receptionist, make certain they understand that the purpose of your visit is for your annual wellness check-up and that the office should designate it with a preventive care code to ensure that Cigna is able to properly process your claim.
Be sure to double check when you settle your account upon departure. This is the best way to avoid any confusion when your physician files your claim with Cigna.
Note: Yes, your preventive visit does satisfy your Level 1 incentive for optimum financial benefit in terms of your health premiums. CIGNA sends a file to Provant on approximately the 20th of each month showing wellness visits to be credited appropriately. The Preventive Care Form should be used only if you schedule your appointment close to the April 30, 2018 deadline to ensure appropriate processing.
Your preventive visit code isn’t the only way to make the most of your time with your doctor…
Stop and think about it, you may only see your doctor once a year, so making the most of that time is really important. This is especially true when you stop to consider that a Harvard University Study found that an average doctor’s appointment costs up to two hours of time when you factor in travel, paperwork, waiting, and settling your account.
The time that you actually spend with your physician averages closer to twenty minutes.
So, be prepared with a list of your medications and keep in mind there are no dumb questions! Some things you should consider asking your doctor during your wellness visit:
What additional tests or screenings do I need? Your doctor may suggest certain tests during your annual exam. Don’t be afraid to inquire about the need to consider other risk-appropriate screenings that go beyond simple cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
And, don’t be afraid to re-think how you ask your questions too. For instance, instead of wondering whether you can get a flu shot during your visit, consider asking what vaccinations you should be thinking about given your age and state of health.
Is my weight an issue? Feel free to follow up on this very important question and if your physician suggests shedding some pounds, don’t be afraid to ask about specific ways you can go about it including suggestions on exercise and diet.
Am I eating the right things? If weight or nutrition are identified as concerns, be comfortable asking about resources to develop healthier options especially if improvement is possible through adjustments in lifestyle choices.
A new treatment or prescription? What do I need to know? A new medication or treatment recommended by your physician should prompt questions on what to expect and he or she can explain reasons for the different approach, side effects, risks, and benefits, etc.
Where can I find useful and reliable health information? Understanding more about your health should not be left to the Internet where confusion and misinformation can prove challenging. Ask your physician what resources they might suggest to supplement what they are sharing with you.
What should you be mindful of or doing before seeing your doctor next? While annual wellness visits can represent an isolated preventive care experience, they can also be viewed as important milestones on the way to improved health and wellness. What to work on before your next appointment can be helpful in guiding progress before your next check-up.
Is a follow-up visit a good idea? You don’t necessarily have to wait another year before visiting with your physician to monitor or otherwise address any health issues that you may be encountering.
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